Habib Beye, who was signed just minutes before the summer transfer deadline at the end of August, has been talking to www.nufc.co.uk and he knew quite a few of the squad before he even came to Newcastle.
He has particular respect for our new stopper, Brazilian Claudio Cacapa, who has made a very impressive start to his Newcastle career with a number of confident performances in the center of Newcastle’s defense. Let’s take a look at what Habib Beye has been saying – it all seems so positive.
Habib Beye – Newcastle have many great players in their squad
This is what Beye, who is expected to make his Newcastle debut next Monday at Derby County, told Craig Hope of our official web site today:
“I met with Cacapa on a number of occasions when he was captain of Lyon and I was captain of Marseilles,” “There was a lot of pressure in those games because the teams are big rivals and they were always very important matches.â€
“Cacapa is someone who deserves my respect because he won five championships with Lyon and I am looking forward to working with him because he is a first class player.”
“I also played against David Rozehnal for PSG and he too is a very good defender,” “I have played against Shola Ameobi of course when Marseilles played Newcastle in 2004.â€ “And also Michael Owen when he was at Liverpool. We beat them 3-2 over two legs and Owen played in both games.â€
“Oba Martins is someone I have faced for Nigeria, so I know all about the Newcastle team and know there are many great players.â€ “I am here to get the very best out of myself and I’m sure with the quality of players we have I will be able to do that.”
We are looking forward to Beye playing for Newcastle, because there’s no doubt that right-back has been a weakness in our defense for a few years. The reports we have received on Beye suggest he is an excellent defender so it seems we are in for a treat to have both Cacapa and Beye in the same back-line. You can bet too they are both good leaders – having been captains of their teams in France.
We cannot wait to see Beye at Derby County and also look forward to Jose Enrique coming through to take his place at left-back. As we have already suggested, that will free up young Charles N’Zogbia to play either left wing or wherever Big Sam wants to use the young dynamic Frenchman, who has performed brilliantly for the club this season.
Yes, on reflection, we are forced to agree with Habib, we do think we have some great players at the club. Now to get those league points ! 😀